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    First Drive: 2014 Porsche 911 Targa
    Feeling That 1960s Vibe All Over Again 1397577540

    I've watched the electro-hydraulic roof panel open and close about 73 times in the past hour, but its fascinatingly complicated operation still has me mesmerized. I've concluded that only a German automaker – Porsche, to be more specific – would go through the trouble of engineering a ...

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    First Drive: 2015 McLaren 650S Spider [w/video]
    McLaren's New Volume Seller Makes Evolution Look Sexy 1397145420

    It seems like only yesterday that we enjoyed a mad dash in McLaren's wild P1 hybrid wallet-breaker. Now here we are, already back with the Brits, this time in on the great roads of southern Spain and at Ascari Race Resort as McLaren launches what has already become its most important seller, the ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Honda Fit
    Honda's Swiss Army Knife Has More Tools, Duller Blade 1397059020

    The last time we left our subcompact hero, the plucky Honda Fit was getting a bit long in the tooth. But the second-generation model was still holding its own rather well, and for the enthusiast on a tight budget who wanted it all, it remained the car of record in its class. If you desired an ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Hyundai Genesis
    Is The Second Chapter Of Genesis A Revelation? 1396972620

    Hyundai grabbed our attention with its first-generation Genesis. Now, with this second-gen model, the company's job is to keep it. The 2015 Genesis, known internally as "DH," wisely follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, a model that showed the automaker's naked ambition, putting it on the ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Cadillac Escalade
    Recapturing Its Star Power 1396886220

    Cadillac has been an interesting story in the auto industry over the past several years. Its comeback bid may be well over a decade old, but it's only recently that the Wreath and Crest has transformed from the auto industry's retirement home into its hot new thing. Today's Cadillac is a powerful ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante
    Fine Art Doubling As An Open-Air Driving Machine 1395849420

    Recently, a fellow editor at AOL asked me to choose "the most beautiful car on the road" for a story he was preparing. I was allowed to choose any vehicle, at any price, as long as it was a model currently in production and offered for sale. The well-oiled gears in my head only needed to turn ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 [w/video]
    Making The Top Of The Racing Podium Its Primary Objective 1395676620

    In the chart of automotive performance, a thick horizontal line separates track-capable sports cars from genuine racecars. Nearly every major automaker offers a sports car talented enough to circle a racing circuit with some level of competence. These gussied-up machines with their oversized ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Chrysler 200
    The Sedan It Finally Needs To Be 1395331080

    For the last seven years, the Chrysler Sebring/200 has been a car that few people have managed to say anything good about. When you saw one on the road, it was probably silver and you probably assumed it was rented – especially if it was a convertible. In fact, this writer has never been in ...

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    First Drive: 2015 McLaren P1 [w/video]
    Sampling Woking's Next-Level Hypercar On Jeremy Clarkson's Turf 1394812620

    We have already raved about the Porsche 918 Spyder, and all indications suggest we'll be moved to dispense flowery Italian prose about the upcoming Ferrari LaFerrari (even if the name does sound like a skip on a 45-rpm record). In between these two hypercars comes this British mind-boggle better ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe
    Reports Of This Dino's Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated 1394726220

    Remember the SUV-asaurus? As a character in an ad campaign, it made us chuckle, the general gist being that the huge sport-utility vehicles of years past were hopelessly out of date, falling prey to higher gas prices and a shifting consumer attitude toward more efficient transportation, namely ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
    Perhaps The Last Rung You'll Ever Care To Climb 1394553420

    Ladders. As children, we learn how important they are: even if you don't know who Jacob was or where he was climbing, you know how to make his ladder from string. If you don't want to be cursed, you know not to walk under them; and if you want to win the game, you know you need to avoid the ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Audi A3
    Sings To An Enthusiast Crowd, But Misses A Few Key Notes 1394467200

    The five-door Audi A3 hatchback, on sale in the States since the 2006 model year, never earned the respect it deserved. Despite possessing the automaker's well-regarded build quality and a range of strong powerplants (including an excellent diesel option), the entry-level model always played ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Porsche Macan Turbo
    A Class Of One 1393261020

    I knew it was a softball question, but I asked it anyway. It's pretty standard for automakers to offer up some examples of competitors when they invite the media to drive a new vehicle for the first time. If not stated outright, it's just as standard for some journalist to query about the ...

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    First Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series Convertible [w/video]
    Germany Says "Relax" 1392915420

    Here it is, the fifth generation of BMW's 3 Series Convertible – only this one begins with a "4," having been rechristened as a droptop version of the new 4 Series Coupe. With thirty years of work on this same recipe and having gotten it so right for much of that time, the Munich compact ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4Matic [w/video]
    At The Crossroads In Daimler's Compact Model Lineup 1392829020

    We all knew that Mercedes-Benz couldn't afford to resist the small SUVover segment for much longer. After all, it seems to be the fastest-growing segment in the galaxy, and in particular, it's the premium niche of that class – led by the hugely successful Land Rover Evoque and BMW X1 ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Subaru WRX STI
    It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Wing 1392656220

    In December, I put the 2015 Subaru WRX through its paces along some incredibly challenging roads in northern California, and to say I walked away impressed wouldn't really do my feelings justice. Say what you will about the way it looks, the new 'Rex is an awesome car, full stop. When it comes to ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Bentley Continental GT V8 S
    A Remarkably Grand Tourer 1392137820

    Bentley still appeals to those with an appreciation for strong, Old World traditionalism. Cars wearing the storied Flying B have been discussed in wood-paneled drawing rooms by men wearing earthy tweeds and corduroy through clouds of fragrant cigar and pipe smoke, for decades. It is a company ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Mini Cooper
    More Mini Than Ever Before 1392051420

    If I had a dollar for every time I heard someone from Mini refer to 'go-kart-like handling,' I'd be retired, living on a beautiful piece of coastline somewhere in the Caribbean. Perhaps even on the shores of Puerto Rico, where Mini chose to launch its latest Cooper and Cooper S hatchbacks. As ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD
    The Workhorse Shows Its New Polish 1391619420

    In excess of 475,000 heavy duty pickups were sold in the United States last year – the capable workhorses represented more than 25 percent of the year's full-size pickup volume. But unlike the passenger-car segment, where dozens of makes and models are constantly competing for supremacy, ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Kia K900
    Just The Thing For Cruising Easy Street 1391014620

    Let's be honest, Rich America. When you drive your fullsize luxury sedans, you don't clock any laps of the Nürburgring. You don't view your car as an alternative to air travel, ready to wheel between countries at triple-digit Autobahn speeds. Heck, you don't even take the long way home. ...

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